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7:45 PM ET, October 18, 2020

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Katie Robertson / New York Times:
New York Post Published Hunter Biden Report Amid Newsroom Doubts  —  Some reporters withheld their bylines and questioned the credibility of an article that made the tabloid's front page on Wednesday.  —  The New York Post's front-page article about Hunter Biden on Wednesday was written mostly …
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Peter Sterne / New York Magazine:
New York Post Insiders Slag ‘Very Flimsy’ Hunter Biden Stories  —  The New York Post's own journalists say they are skeptical of the paper's stories about Hunter Biden, including the man who wrote most of the “smoking gun” story and would not put his name on it, four newsroom sources told Intelligencer.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Rowan Scarborough / Washington Times:
Hunter Biden left laptop at repair shop, owner tells Senate panel  —  Hunter Biden himself left his laptop computer at a Wilmington, Delaware, repair shop whose owner eventually gave the hard drive's material to the FBI and later to President Trump's attorney, Rudy Giuliani, the shop owner has told a Senate committee.
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Trump campaign adviser signals president will tone it down at upcoming debate  —  Trump campaign senior adviser Jason Miller signaled Sunday that President Donald Trump will take a less combative tack toward Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden during their televised debate this week.
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Tobias Gerhard Schminke / Europe Elects:   Polls: Europeans favour Biden over Trump by wide margins
Hartford Courant:   Courant Presidential Endorsement: You probably think you can vote for Donald Trump but not support racism; here's why you're wrong
David Mikkelson / Snopes.com:
Is This a Photograph of Joe Biden's House?
Discussion: Townhall
New York Times:
As Local News Dies, a Pay-for-Play Network Rises in Its Place  —  A nationwide operation of 1,300 local sites publishes coverage that is ordered up by Republican groups and corporate P.R. firms.  —  The instructions were clear: Write an article calling out Sara Gideon …
New York Times:
Trump Runs the Kind of Campaign He Likes, but Not the One He Might Need  —  With little time left to change the trajectory of the race, there is a large gulf separating the president's experience of the campaign from the more sobering assessments of party officials.
Wall Street Journal:
Top White House Official Flew to Syria for Talks to Free U.S. Hostages  —  Counterterrorism official's visit believed to be first such high-level meeting with Syrian officials in more than a decade  —  A top White House official recently traveled to Damascus for secret meetings with the Assad regime …
Discussion: Political Wire
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Joyce Karam / The National:   Lebanon spymaster holds ‘positive’ US talks on hostages and sharing intelligence
Rebecca Katz / Washington Post:
Dianne Feinstein made a mess of the Barrett hearings.  There is a better way.  —  Ed Markey shows how senior members of the party can respond to the changing base.  —  For the past month, Democrats have been sounding the alarm over Judge Amy Coney Barrett's hurried nomination to the Supreme Court …
Discussion: New Yorker, Politico and The Guardian
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Axios:
Sen. Chris Coons says his mind is open to expanding the Supreme Court
Barbara Sprunt / NPR:
Michigan Gov. Whitmer Says Trump Incites Domestic Terrorism  —  Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who the FBI says was targeted in a foiled kidnapping plot, on Sunday accused President Trump of fanning the flames of domestic terrorism when he didn't put a stop to chants of “lock her up!” …
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Marc Caputo / Politico:
How Biden destroyed Trump's TV ad ‘death star’  —  Football fans in Phoenix will tune their TVs to ESPN to watch their Arizona Cardinals play the Dallas Cowboys on Monday night.  —  They'll also see Joe Biden running up the score in advertising over President Trump: The Democrat's campaign …
CBS News:
Biden leads Trump in Wisconsin, has edge in Arizona — CBS News Battleground Tracker poll  —  From Wisconsin to Arizona, as in much of the country, these final weeks of the campaign look to be about who actually votes, because voters say they've made their choices, and many have made it official.
Discussion: Fox News, CNN, Breitbart, Forbes and The Hill
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
David Perdue's mocking of Kamala Harris yields nearly $2M haul for his rival  —  Republican U.S. Sen. David Perdue inadvertently sparked a movement that benefited his rival's campaign when he mocked the pronunciation of Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris' name.
Discussion: New York Magazine and The Root
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Alayna Treene / Axios:
Scoop: What Trump's debate coaches are telling him  —  President Trump's team is telling him ahead of Thursday's final debate: Stop interrupting Joe Biden.  And try to be more likable.  —  What to watch: Trump will tell more jokes and try, if he can stay on message, to strike a softer tone.
Discussion: Redstate, Raw Story, Forbes and Newsweek
Allan Smith / NBC News:
Twitter removes tweet from top Trump Covid adviser saying masks don't work  —  Twitter on Sunday removed a tweet from one of President Donald Trump's top Covid-19 advisers falsely claiming masks don't work to prevent the spread of coronavirus.  —  The tweet no longer appeared on the site …
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The Daily Beast:
Trump Is Taking Down Names as Republicans Begin Jumping Ship on His ‘Totally Off the Rails’ Campaign  —  Aides are feeding the president clips in which GOP lawmakers throw him under the bus.  He's none too pleased.  —  Over the past few weeks, Donald Trump and his allies have kept close tabs …
Speaker Nancy Pelosi:
Dear Colleague: Update on Effort to Reach Coronavirus Relief Agreement Before Election  —  On Friday, the number of coronavirus infections reached a staggering 69,000 cases, the highest daily number in months.  As infections soar and deaths increase, we must urgently act to protect the lives and livelihoods of the American people.
Discussion: Townhall and The Hill
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Patrick Wintour / The Guardian:
Man arrested over leak of Kim Darroch cables criticising Trump  —  Suspect believed to be civil servant at UK's Department for International Trade  —  A man has been arrested in connection with the leak of highly sensitive cables sent to London by the UK ambassador to Washington savaging Donald Trump's character and leadership skills.
Stephanie McCrummen / Washington Post:
The 31-day campaign against QAnon  —  There was a time when Kevin Van Ausdal had not yet been called a “loser” and “a disgrace” and hustled out of Georgia.  He had not yet punched a wall, or been labeled a “communist,” or a person “who'd probably cry like a baby if you put a gun in his face.”
Axios:
What early voting can (and can't) tell us about the election  —  Democratic strategists think the early numbers show a 2020 electorate that's bigger, younger and more diverse than in 2016 — and not just shifting forward votes that would have otherwise arrived on Election Day.
Lauren Michele Jackson / New Yorker:
The Racial Politics of Kamala Harris's Performance Style  —  Stop me if you've heard this one before: a woman of considerable power joins a man of considerable power onstage for a televised debate.  The woman is cool, composed.  She knows her stuff—she's “done the homework,” let's say.
 
 
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Miles Parks / NPR:
Early Voting Analysis: Historic Turnout Drives Long Lines, Administrative Errors
Rick Sobey / Boston Herald:
73-year-old Donald Trump supporter assaulted in Douglas
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Jaweed Kaleem / Los Angeles Times:
Even some supporters are disappointed that COVID-19 bout didn't humble Trump
Allum Bokhari / Breitbart:
Facebook ‘Content Regulation Manager’ Anna Makanju Advised Joe Biden on Ukraine
Frank E. Lockwood / Arkansas Online:
Hill, Elliott in tight race for U.S. House seat
 Earlier Items: 
American Greatness:
Establishment Disinformation Is Killing Western Democracy
Cass R. Sunstein / Bloomberg:
A Back-to-Basics Primer for Conservatives
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Trump's enablers can't escape the consequences of their choices
Discussion: Raw Story
Charles Kaiser / The Guardian:
Traitor review: American perfidy, from Benedict Arnold to Donald J Trump
John Harwood / CNN:
Trump's rallies make no political sense. Here's why he does them anyway.
Discussion: Raw Story
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Lindsey Graham runs for his life
Discussion: Raw Story and NPR